Ninie Ahmad: Off her yoga mat.

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PETALING JAYA, August 2009 – When you don’t drink, not in the mood to party and when you are never into conventional fireworks and hazardous noise, how else can you celebrate Merdeka (Independence) Eve? Ever thought of a free yoga class conducted by Malaysia’s yoga celebrity?

The founder of beyoga and also the Official Yoga Ambassador for adidas Malaysia, Ninie Ahmad said, she has been counting the days to 2009’s Merdeka Day to commence her free yoga class for public on Merdeka eve.

“For years, I have never enjoyed partying and be stuck in traffic jam everytime Merdeka and New Year’s eve arrive. I respect my body by not consuming harmful substance just to validate a commercialized celebration and I believe, many more KL-lites are in the same boat with me.”

Since beyoga opens to public in May 2009, Ninie has been conducting free yoga classes she calls ‘Karma Yoga’ every Sunday 10.15am at beyoga Damansara Perdana with help of her key teachers at beyoga.

“We call it Karma Yoga as it is our way to give back to the public of what we have gained from them. The teachers do not get paid for teaching Karma Yoga class as it is of voluntarily basis. However, participants are highly encouraged to donate any amount of cash as they join this class and all donations from our Karma Yoga classes are to be forwarded to a chosen charity body or non-profit organization we have pre-chosen for the month. For example, collection for the month of May and June had been proceeded to Rumah Hope, PJ and we have selected MERCY Malaysia to receive our collection for the month of July and August.”

Merdeka Eve Yoga
Ninie who also is one of Malaysia’s top female bloggers and has ‘pretzel-ed’ local celebrities namely Ida Nerina, Atilia, Ning Baizura, Jehan Miskin, Norazlina Redzuan, Wan Zaleha Radzi, Kavita Kaur and many more adds, “The best part about Karma Yoga class at beyoga is, although it is a free class, it is also the only class where we teach themed yoga.”

“Since all Mother’s Day and Father’s Day fall on Sundays, we did encourage public to bring their mothers and fathers those two Sundays. Instead of normal light stretches to warm-up, that Karma Yoga classes started with the teacher choosing a couple of participants to share what their mothers or fathers have sacrificed for them to raise them up.”

“Since 70% of the beyoga ‘s Karma Yoga participants are women, you could expect tears and overwhelming emotions filled the room!”

Merdeka Eve Yoga

“We first conducted the Karma Yoga class during Earth Hour 2009 where participants practiced yoga poses surrounded by tealight candles and be asked to take care of Mother Earth as much as we take care of our body and family.”

Ninie also shares, “For the past two months, I have been conducting my Karma Yoga slots with yoga therapy and poses that can help boost immunity system to fight airborne virus and common cold especially with the current H1N1 pandemic scare.”

“While we are all bound to suffer from occasional flu, yoga practitioners are less likely to come down with sniffles and when we do, we tend to have much faster recovery rate due to yoga’s known abilities to regulate the immune system, keeping it strong to withstand infection.”

Merdeka Eve Yoga

“Yoga’s stress-reducing ability is a primary reason to why yoga helps prevent if not cure common cold. Stress is a major contributing factor to catching a cold or flu as stress hormones cause the thymus to shrink in size causing it to poorly-function as a producer of immune cells.”

“For the Merdeka Eve Karma Yoga however, I plan to teach the class with yoga poses and flow that will help ‘free’ chemical, physical, emotional toxins that have been colonized and trapped in our system throughout our lives – in true spirit of ‘Merdeka’ (Independence), and maybe wear Jalur Gemilang coloured yoga attire that night!”

'Jalur Gemilang' Shoulderstand

The Merdeka Eve Karma Yoga commenced 10.15pm until 11.30pm August 30th, 2009 (Merdeka Eve) and beyoga conducts Karma Yoga (free class for public) every Sunday 10.15am. For more information on beyoga’s other Karma Yoga classes, visit beyoga’s website or contact beyoga at 03-7728 6182 / 03-7729 6182.

(All photos courtesy of Erica Wong)


Written by Ninie Ahmad

August 31, 2009 at 4:46 PM

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  1. hi ninie.i selalu stalk u, selalu berangan nak masuk kelas yoga u…tp duet xde lg,still studying…well.keep on pretzling people ya!!:)


    August 31, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    • Thank you for your interest, Farhana.

      Yoga does not have to be an hour of painful nor expensive class ONLY. Anytime you breathe right, keep your posture correct and respect your body by not turning it into junk disposal – you are already doing yoga for a start 🙂

      Study smart and sit straight while revising for now!

      Ninie Ahmad

      September 1, 2009 at 1:36 PM

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  3. Hi Ninie,

    Which class is suitable for a newbie like myself?
    I’m worried if get intimidated with poses that are challenging (if I attend the wrong class). Do advise..thanks..


    September 1, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    • Hi Lotfi, thank you for inquiring.

      Classes named Beginners Yoga, Element, Basic Yoga, Hatha and Yin Yoga should be appropriate for beginners.

      At BE Yoga, if you refer to (Our Classes & Fees), all classes under BEGIN circle are for beginners (and even experienced practitioners that are looking to fine tune the basics and foundation).

      Contrary to popular belief, guys often have faster rate of getting out from beginner’s phase in yoga due to natural arms strength and competitive drive men are blessed with. Once you find the poses and flow in beginners’ calss no longer challenging, then you can slowly opt to move to intermediate level yoga (if you are already in shape and have been working out, I say you might need only two weeks to two months of two classes a week!)

      What’s important beside choosing the suitable level and practice regularly is, to find a teacher that you can relate to as walking inspiration keeps us motivated.

      Good luck and congratulate yourself for accepting yoga!

      Ninie Ahmad

      September 1, 2009 at 1:33 PM

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